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Friday, Sep 04, 2015

Solar Market Insight Report 2015 Q2

U.S. Solar Market Insight™ is a collaboration between the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) and GTM Research that brings high-quality, solar-specific analysis and forecasts to industry professionals in the form of quarterly and annual reports. Released September 9, 2015.

Monday, Mar 02, 2015

The Solar Economy: Widespread Benefits for North Carolina

North Carolina is the South’s leader, and fourth among U.S. states, in using solar power to diversify its portfolio of electric power generation fuels. Three policy issues affect the future of North Carolina’s continued development of large-scale solar, which can be viewed in the attached document.

Monday, Dec 15, 2014

Deconstructing Solar Photovoltaic Pricing: The Role of Market Structure, Technology and Policy

In the report, a team of researchers from Yale University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Texas-Austin, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory empirically examined heterogeneity in PV prices in the United States.

Thursday, Dec 04, 2014

Seven Common Mistakes That Keep Solar Customers Away

Getting homeowners to go solar is difficult - to say the least. It's expensive and time-consuming, and it's hard to predict who will go solar and why. We've been working on reducing this cost and clearing up the mystery.

Monday, Sep 15, 2014

Green Multifamily and Single Family Homes: Growth in a Recovering Market

Smart Market Report - Green Multifamily and Single Family Homes.pdfMcGraw Hill Construction builds on their previous study with this new report which finds that green building is taking an ever increasing share of construction within the new construction of single and multi-family homes as well as remodeling projects. Here are some key takeaways:

Monday, Nov 25, 2013

NREL Report Provides Most Granular View of Soft Costs to Date

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released a report that breaks down the ‘soft costs’ associated with the installation of residential and commercial photovoltaic systems in greater detail than ever before, with detailed looks at customer acquisition and system design costs, as well as permitting, inspection and interconnection costs.

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013

Study Shows Reduction in U.S. PV Installation Labor Costs Possible

A new study from the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Georgia Tech Research Institute finds that U.S PV installation labor costs can be decreased from $0.49/watt to $0.29/watt by utilizing installation best practices. Researchers studied installation practices at 26 sites in the U.S. and Germany to determine current practices and future opportunities.

Monday, Oct 01, 2012

Help Reduce PV Installation Soft Costs

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is working to reduce the soft costs (non-hardware) associated with PV installation.  As part of this effort, they are collecting data from PV installers across the country who have installed residential or commericial systems in the first half of 2012.  The collected data will be used to help develop best practices in regulation and permitting, while allowing NREL to develop baseline models to guage progress and develop strategies going forward.  With recen

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